This type of stuff might be old-hat for many of our readers, but for all you out there wanting to buy a farm one day, here’s a few little nuances that might help:
Is the Farmland Good Enough for Your Vision?
So, who do you call? Ghostbusters. Then after that call the NRCS, the Dept of Ag (for us it was the dairy guy), and your local Extension Agents. Ask them to come take a walk of the land with you, they’ll be happy to and you’ll learn a lot. Even if you don’t take all their advice it’s always good to listen.
Is There an Adequate and Clean Water Supply?
Once you get some clarity on the volume of water you’ll want to know more about the clarity of the water. Animals perform FAR better if they have consistent access to fresh, clean water. Especially dairy animals that are out in the summer heat. Is your water hard? Does it have high levels of sulfur? Are there other minerals in the water you should be aware of? You can buy tests online or have someone locally go out and test your water. We had multiple tests run for free by local companies that we’ll need to buy a filtration system from to filter our water. We have extremely hard water, which will corrode our cheesemaking equipment. It’s important to know how much that will cost and whether it’s even possible.
Site Permitting, Zoning and Building Construction
Get Insurance Quotes
It’s a lot of stuff to check-off, but it’s worth it. You could always take the risk and just buy some land and/or a house and hope it all works out, but why? Most of the stuff above can be accomplished for free or at the seller’s expense.
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